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Proactive Surveillance Helps the University of Leeds Cut Crimes

Since upgrading its campus surveillance system to enable a more proactive approach to security, the University of Leeds has reduced crime and slashed incident response times.

The Security Challenge

Every day, the security team at the University of Leeds is tasked with keeping over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff safe, on a campus spanning almost 100 acres. There are multiple site entrances and an open policy for students, meaning no form of perimeter access control is feasible.

The campus is also famed for high profile visitors, with guests including Olympic athletes, musicians, sports teams, political speakers and international ambassadors.

Alan Cain, Head of Security Services at The University of Leeds explains: “Implementing our networked surveillance solution has had an incredible impact on campus security. Our incident rates are down significantly thanks to being able to proactively monitor the site in such an efficient way, and our average response time for any incident on site is now just four minutes. To see such a difference in such a short space of time is fantastic.

"As Head of Security Services, it’s my job to keep abreast of the latest solutions and know what other universities are doing. In my view, I’ve not seen any system to rival what we have here at the University of Leeds.”

Streamlined Monitoring and Control

Previously, only post-event review of separate CCTV and third party security systems was possible. Enabling the integration of legacy analogue and newer digital high definition cameras, images are now encoded using Synectics technology and transmitted securely via the University data network to the purpose built control room. Here, footage can be monitored, controlled and reviewed in real-time on Synectics Synergy command and control positions linked to a large display wall.

Streamlining monitoring and control in this way with an IP-based solution, together with enhanced third party integration capabilities, means that the University is able to make its ‘proactive security’ aspirations a reality.

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Better Integration Means Better Information

The University of Leeds’ surveillance monitoring and control platform also enables significant integrations that save the security team time, effort and resource, while also improving data management. With the Synergy surveillance command and control solution, CCTV footage of incidents can be logged alongside incident report data for immediate reference.

The enhanced integration capabilities of the surveillance system has also opened up new student support options. Plans are currently under review for the introduction of ground-breaking technology to make every student’s mobile phone a help point. Integration with the campus surveillance system offers the potential for audio feed to be paired with visual footage from the nearest campus camera.

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